Follow Your Dreams

Good Morning and Happy Saturday to you!

As you are reading this, Phoebe and I are off to BARCStoberfest!

Barcstoberfest is an event sponsored by BARCS, an animal rescue and care shelter. There’s a 5K run (no I’m not running with Phoebe, are you crazy!? I’d have to carry her!), a 1K walk *us*, and lots of food, fun, and puppies galore! I didn’t realize how big of an event it’s supposed to be until I just googled. They are expecting 5,000 people and pets! Holy Moly. We better pack our walking shoes for just the parking spot!

Anyway costumes will be involved. I might be the only person dressed up, but does that bother me? Nope! I will just look adorable with my little matching ball of fluff.


Any guesses as to what we will be?

My breakfast yesterday included a pot of coffee (yes almost one entire pot… oops), cottage cheese and then I was so busy working on my costume that I forgot to eat more. So a little later I turned my lunch I prepped for work on Thursday (I had off), into a breakfast scramble! Inside my lunch was chicken breast, asparagus, and mushrooms.

I heated those up in a skillet, added 3 egg whites, one whole egg, and salsa. Yum! On the side I put a few slices of avocado. Healthy lunch scramble šŸ™‚


I totally felt like Sandra Lee. “Semi home made”, even though I already made the other ingredients too!

Then I danced around my apartment a little with Phoebs. We always do this on Friday mornings/afternoons. It’s our little routine. Friday dance party! I wore my AWESOME socks.


I usually walk around like this. Yoga pants, sports bra, high socks. I work hard for this bod of mine! No muffin tops here. Although, I kill the sex appeal with the socks, I know.

After lunch and dancing, Phoebe had a vet appointment. I THOUGHT it was just a puppy check up. I was so very wrong…


Okay let’s all pause for a moment.. or *PAWS* šŸ˜‰ to talk about how gorgeous my baby is. Sorry she just is!

Anyway, it was SHOT DAY! Whoops, sorry Phoebs!


Shots!? Get me outta here!

She was very good, even though she had two shots in the shoulder, the dreaded bum exam, and stuff up her nose and in her mouth. A little traumatized, but we made it through!

She was so relieved to head to G-Mama and Pop Pops. Mommy has to be the bad guy sometimes I guess.

Then I headed to the gym and went into cardio mama.

Holy Moly

Stepmill success! I’m crazy, I’m aware. Over 8 miles climbed.

My grip wasn’t 100% there for arms, but I did the best I could.


  • Side bicep curls, 15 lb weights, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Tricep dips with 25 lb plate on lap, 10 reps x 4 sets
  • Hammer curls with 35 lb plate, 10 reps x 2 sets
  • Side bends with 35 lb plate, 10 reps x 2 sets each side
  • Overhead tricep extensions with 25 lb plate, 10 reps x 4 sets
  • Bicep curls, 17.5 lb weights, 10 reps x 4 sets
  • Tricep kickbacks, 17.5 lb weights, 10 reps x 4 sets


I also did 3 sets of TRX ab pikes.

As you see, not much because my hand still needs one more day! Today is SUPPOSED to be back day, but unfortunately I might have to skip all together. I tweaked something near my left shoulder blade and it has been torturous. You don’t realize how much that muscle works even doing daily activities. I stretch more than anyone I know and I still tweak stuff. I guess that’s what happens when you slay the gym daily šŸ˜‰


So onto my title. Follow Your Dreams. My parents have always told me I will do great things in life because I’m incredibly dedicated. I’m not a quitter, but I’m also hard headed. So what is my dream exactly? No, it’s not to look awesome in a bikini. That’s just a superficial goal. My dream is to put my words and recipes into REAL print. My initial plan was to write an “e-book”. Lots of bloggers do this, throw together some recipes, then charge 10-20 bucks for it that you can download, put on your iPad, or just read in your e-mail. While that sounds nice, and is perfectly fine for some people, that’s not what I want. I DREAM BIG.

I want my cookbook on the shelf of a bookstore. Next to some of my favorites. Something like this takes a great deal of time and effort, and PATIENCE. The thought of everything scares the heck out of me, but I have to start somewhere. I think of all the rejection that will come and it makes me nervous, but I know I can do it. If I can just write it, I’ll make it happen! I’ve set a deadline for myself to keep me motivated. I want that baby in print at age 30. So my deadline is June 26, 2016. The day before I turn 31.

So A LOT of work is in my future. But dreams come with work. Dreams come with rejection. And dreams come with that extra push when you feel like giving up and something tells you to keep going, then it happens.

So here’s to my hard work, my dreams, and my future success!

bicep tan

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,


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  1. tam

    Hey, your workout looked epic today!
    As someone who also wishes to have their writing published, I wish you all the luck. It’s not easy but you need to dream big to motivate yourself I think. Have good weekend Katie! Tam xx

    1. Katie

      Thanks Tam! I guess every writer wants to be published. I just plan on making it happen šŸ™‚

  2. Nikki

    Katie, I recently started following your blog and boy, am I glad I did. You are such an incredible inspiration to those around you. I love that you personify a strong woman that juggles career, a healthy and strong lifestyle and everyday challenges we all encounter. You are such an inspiration and a breath of fresh air. Keep it up doll, and always dream big!

    Thank you for being such a great source of motivation and so very persistent…. The world needs more strong, determined women like you!

    Many Thanks,

    1. Katie

      This seriously MADE my day! The sweetest šŸ™‚ I love people who appreciate tough chicks!!!

      1. Nikki

        I’m so glad! You deserve to be reminded of that all the time! šŸ˜‰ keep it up, stay positive and it will be a short time until tough and intelligent gals like us are at the very top!

        Thought this was appropriate for your post today! Get it girl!

        “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
        -Gail Devers quotes

  3. Annie

    Hi Katie. I discovered your blog through PBFingers (Julie) this summer and have been reading it daily. Believe or not, I actually read every single one of your blogpost. You inspire me to get in shape. During my senior year of college, I gained a bit of weight due to stress/work/classes/etc and still havent been able to lose it all yet. I started running and lifting weights these past fews month and I am starting to notice/feel a bit of difference. There are some days when I feel lazy and just want to lay on the couch with my cozy blanket but everytime that happens.. i visit your blog for some motivation/encouragement and trust me.. it helps! Keep doing what you are doing.. dream big! and don’t let others negativity infect you. Best, Annie

    1. Katie

      First of all WOW thank you! I’m glad you are starting to notice a difference! I don’t weigh myself at all anymore. It’s all about how I feel! I’m glad I could help you, whether big or small. And we all have days we want to lay on the couch. The decision comes in if your body NEEDS it or not. Because yes sometimes we are run down and need it! And sometimes I’m just lazy too though, it happens šŸ˜‰

      Anyway you’re awesome, and keep on truckin’

  4. Annie

    **please excuse my terrible spelling/grammar.. its almost 4AM in the west coast..

  5. Crystal

    Giving yourself a deadline is the BEST! Rock on. I’ve been following your blog for a little while now and think you’d do great with a cookbook. ~C.

    1. Katie

      Thanks Crystal! I’m even making a deadline chart today so I can set mini goals along the way for chapters and such. šŸ™‚

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